World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 23 November 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Nurses: Rose Kiwanuka and Subadhra Devi Rai

Uganda – BBC World Service

Rose Kiwanuka, who was Uganda’s first palliative care nurse in the early 1990s and is now the national coordinator of the Palliative Care Association, speaks to the BBC World Service about her work.

End of ‘death panels’ myth brings new end of life challenges

US – New York Times

American health care tends to encourage doctors to make money by ordering more tests and procedures rather than by having conversations with patients. But when those patients face decisions about what they want to happen, and not happen, as they near death, they need to talk over their options, not receive an additional MRI.

End of life planning

Pakistan – The News on Sunday

Death is inevitable, but the question is how to save terminally sick people from a lot of pain and suffering by letting them die without major and often unsuccessful medical interventions.

Doing better: Efforts underway to improve end of life care in NC

US – The News & Observer

Whether it’s the medical establishment or our own families, we frequently don’t plan well for physical and mental decline or gracefully accept their arrival.

No pain relief for 75% of the world’s suffering

Pallium India

A new report says that 75% of the world’s people in need do not have access to pain relieving medicine.

Assisted suicide – legal regulations and practices

EAPC blog

The second post in our special series to mark the publication of the EAPC’s latest white paper on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Palliative care provides comfort and hope

ehospice USA

NHPCO’s “Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice” campaign releases new video showing how palliative care has changed one woman’s life.

Leaving the comfort zone at Hospice UK’s annual conference

ehospice UK

One popular session at Hospice UK’s conference this year was Bob Heath’s workshop ‘Creative collaboration at the end of life – a useful provision or an essential response?’ Here, three people share how the workshop encouraged them to leave their comfort zone.

10 minutes with Tatiana Slezak

ehospice Australia

Not so long ago, Tatiana Slezak knew nothing about palliative care. Then she accepted a role as a bilingual educator, running sessions on palliative care for people whose first language was Polish. She gives an insight into how culture can impact perceptions of palliative care and what helps people from non-English speaking backgrounds to learn about it.

Keech Hospice Care uses annual report to bust dying beliefs

ehospice UK

Keech Hospice Care has used its latest annual report to challenge public assumptions that hospices are only places people go to die. Mel Barry, head of marketing and communications at Keech, tells us more.